2008 - A Buckhannon woman who has been living in Calhoun, says "Don't be too quick to discount Big Foot sightings," recalling her close encounter with the creature in 1978, while she was living in Iowa.

Her comments came following an alleged sighting in Calhoun County.

Anna Dodrill (pictured left) froze with fear when she looked up from a load of dishes into the "burning red eyes" of a big-nosed, black-faced, hairy-headed creature staring at her through a window a few feet away.

A newspaper account of the incident said "Terror tied her tongue," after seeing the creature through the window, unable to scream.

The "big foot" then fled into the darkness.

Bigfoot sightings had plagued Humboldt and Kossuth counties during the 1970s, according to the sheriffs department.

Doddrill said rumors spread that the beast was responsible for eerie night sounds, broken fences, stampeded cattle, chewed-up cats, mangled rabbits and the death of a dog.

A day after Dodrill saw the creature, 18-year-old Robert Newell was dressing for work, heard a noise and looked out his window, spotting a hunchbacked creature go into a barn.

Newell said the creature appeared to be looking for food, and eventually walked into a cornfield.

Doddrill, who is living with relatives at Arnoldsburg, is still convinced about the creature's sighting, saying "It was the first time in my life I couldn't move."

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